Tonse should underestimate Atupele’s campaign crusades at their own peril

From a distance, the combined figures of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM—judged from last year’s botched elections, looks all pretty to Tonse Alliance.

Atupele speaking at Tukombo In Nkhatabay

If you add  Saulos Klaus Chilima and  Lazarus Chakwera’s votes and compare them with President Peter Mutharika and Atupele Muluzi, the likely prediction is that Tonse Alliance is forming the next government.

But  UTM vice president Micheal Usi remarks in Mangochi rally on Sunday can corrobate my standpoint that those are just figures and, perhaps you forgot, figures don’t have life, they don’t have feelings.

It is people who have life and feelings—to mean, people can change and that is where the problem starts.

The winner in the elections ahead of us will be decided, principally, by the alliance team that woos more swing voters to its fold than others.

This, in my opinion, is where I think DPP/UDF Alliance is being deftly strategic by front lining their running mate Atupele Muluzi.

Truth be told, Atupele greatest political challenge is his accident of birth—Bakili Muluzi’s son.

On his own, without his father’s alleged political sins, Atupele has, over the years till now, practiced politics of civility and, at a personal level, he is humble, approachable. There is absolutely nothing terrible and irritating about him.

That is a political capital he carries, across the country, in selling the embattled and grossly boring Mutharika.

Look here, Atupele is attracting thousands wherever he goes. It is not, of course, that all those that attend his rallies will vote for him; however, the great gatherings are making him audible and visible to so many voters—and some of them are swing voters.

In the past two weeks, Atupele has been crisscrossing the northern region and, truth be told, his wave has been quite immense.

The Northern Region is quite an important block in this election because, since the death of Chakufwa Chihana and Aford, it has never been a home of any political party.

Simply, the Northern Region is a swing block that whoever gets a larger share in it, will increase their chances of winning.

During the last botched elections, much of the region’s vote went to UTM for one simple fact: Chilima was not DPP, was not MCP but spoke of abolishing quota system, building more universities in the area, collaborated with Livingstonia Synod, just to mention a few.

If you analyze the patterns of the Northern Region vote and, also, political behavior, you will note that the region has unforgettable historical scars and fresh reeling pains with MCP and DPP respectively.

The region, check your facts, doesn’t have serious issues with UDF, or, for all his worse, Bakili Muluzi.

Now look here.

There are some, and they are so many, that, even now, still can’t imagine voting for MCP. DPP used to have support from the north until Bingu wa Mutharika started a tribal war with the region. UDF has never had any.

Picture this.

Chilima has led his party to MCP and that, alone, is a serious draw back to conservatives in the region who, in whichever way, will never vote for MCP.  Of some people don’t mind. At the same time, DPP has abolished the region’s most hated quota system and, evidently, more schools from the region have sent a number of students to the university.

So cleverly of DPP, they sent Atupele whose banner, UDF, doesn’t have so many issues with the region at the time when they have abolished quota system.

Interestingly, Atupele in the north has been the sober boy he has always been, always smiling, encouraging, giving hope and speaking about the future.

Arguably, UTM/DPP Alliance should brace for a giant crusade of the northern region vote to DPP/UDF Alliance.

It may not just be in the Northern Region. Any place with swing voters, be assured that people will swarm to listen to Atupele because he carries himself with quite an interesting level of sobriety that swing voters expect.

This is why Atupele must never be underestimated.

A day in politics, so they say, is longer.

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Jose
Jose
8 months ago

Palibe akuonjeza Atupele.DPPUDF will perform miserably in the north only 5 percent votes in the central 10 percent in the south 80 percent.caculate against voters.There is noway DPP U D F can do to win.

Piper
Piper
8 months ago

Give me a break !

nyopani
8 months ago

cadet

Munya muona
Munya muona
8 months ago

honestly, there is something alluring about Atupele. Boy is not a kind of ine ndi ine kind of a person. Boy is straight and humble. look at him once and even twice.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
8 months ago
Reply to  Munya muona

Could be reason he lost in his own constituency then. People prefer real campaigners not the soft soft ones.

mofolo
mofolo
8 months ago

MCP UTM. kunali moto kuti bhuu chaka chatha kulubwa lubwa kuti chisankho tachiphula. Chaka chinonso simunalape mukupanganso zomwezo. Simuchiphula chisankho a Malawi ambiri akukanani zongofuna u President mpaka kumayambisa nkhondo kukhazikisa Msundwe Barracks chifukwa cha u President, Mtsogoleri Chilima kumawalimbikisa a Chimata kuti azigula ma LEGENI azigenda a PUMBWA kuthandauza kuti a Malawi okha okha azigendana ndi ma LEGENI kuphwanyilana a Katundu ndi a Mtambo ndi HRDC. A Malawi sitimafuna kutiyambanisa tikukananinso nthawi yovotela. Mbusa wanji wofuna kukhetsa mwazi chifukwa cha U President uzikalamulira mitembo? Chakwera munthu woyipa wololera kukhetsa mwazi wa a Malawi kuti iye akhale President. Toto takana… Read more »

Neno
Neno
8 months ago

Tell Malawian what you are going to do for
them instead of just talking about Mcp.
People they need jobs,good life good health facilities.

The Reviewer
The Reviewer
8 months ago

Why DPP/UDF Alliance is facing heavy defeat in 2020 elections: In which political region was turn out highest in 2019 elections? To make sense, Atupele must add value to DPP. It is correct that many UDF supporters have been rejuvenated. But how many of those did not vote last year and will vote this year? Remember that DPP already “won” the eastern region where UDF used to command large following. The fact that the Southern and Eastern regions had highest turn out last year means that even if all UDF dormant supporters wake up to vote for DPP this year,… Read more »

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
8 months ago
Reply to  The Reviewer

MCP/UTM landslide.

The Reviewer
The Reviewer
8 months ago
Reply to  The Reviewer

2019 votes should read:

Chakwera+Chilima=2.85m
Mutharika+Atupele=2.1m

Bakali
Bakali
8 months ago
Reply to  The Reviewer

This is how the crying starts in every election. Mcp always counting eggs as chickens before they are hatched. Dpp and udf started democracy and carried it forward. They know what they are doing. Last election Dpp didn’t have to work as had they only needed first past the post. This time it’s different that why they are campaigning everywhere

The Reviewer
The Reviewer
8 months ago
Reply to  Bakali

We had no presidential elections in 2019.

Figures cited above are for proxy purposes.

DPP would not be dodging elections if they were sure of victory.

DPP afraid of elections because their thieving options such as registering kids have been exposed.

DPP/UDF facing very heavy defeat in the upcoming elections.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
8 months ago

It’s ok to DREAM.

Thyolo Thava Boy
8 months ago

you think people of the north are fools? Didn`t you hear the DPP district governor for Mzimba Akimu Mwanza saying at the rally there that Peter Muthalika is difficult to sell in Mzimba??? He said this in the presence of Region governor, Mulli and Grezeder.

Clive
Clive
8 months ago

Truth must be told..don’t cry fool that you did not read this article.this article means a lots.you might ignore or hate but the facts has been told here!!!!!!!

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